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Former President Obama got more than he bargained for at a campaign rally for Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer.
The former president was confronted by a heckler who, for a part of the speech, took over.
“Come on, this is what I mean, we are having a conversation. Right now, I’m talking, you’ll have a chance to talk sometime later,” the president said.
“We like each other, we don’t have to shout each other down — it’s not a good way to do business. You wouldn’t do that in the workplace. We wouldn’t just interrupt people having a conversation. It’s not how we do things,” he said.
The crowd booed the heckler and chanted the former president’s name.
The former president then took aim at Republican Georgia Senate candidate Herschel Walker.
Of Walker he said there is “very little evidence that he has taken any interest, bothered to learn anything about, or displayed any kind of inclination toward public service, or volunteer work or helping people in any way.”
“Seems to me he’s a celebrity who wants to be a politician,’ Obama remarked. ‘And we’ve seen how that goes. We’ve seen that before,” he said.
“There are a lot of young people here,” the former president said “Some of you may not remember, but Herschel Walker was a heck of a football player.”
“But here’s the question, does that make him the best person to represent you in the U.S. Senate? Does that make him equipped to weigh in on the critical decisions about our economy and our foreign policy and our future?” he said.
He then likened electing Walker to picking him to fly an airplane.
“Let’s say you’re at the airport and you see Mr. Walker and you say, ‘Hey, there’s Herschel Walker, Heisman winner, let’s have him fly the plane!’” he said. “You probably wouldn’t say that. You’d probably want to know, ‘Does he know how to fly an airplane?’”
As former President Barack Obama acknowledges the attack on Paul Pelosi, he is interrupted by a heckler in Detroit, who is then pointed out by the audience and escorted out. pic.twitter.com/Ffax9P0tWW
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The Democrats just got more news about how dismal their chances of maintaining power are and it comes from an unexpected source.
Two pollsters who spoke to Fox News host Sean Hannity said that they have never seen this many black and Hispanic voters moving to the Republican Party,” The Daily Caller reported.
“We consistently see where the African American vote, about 20% or more, are going for Republican candidates,” InsiderAdvantage chairman Matt Towery said of the midterm elections in Georgia and Pennsylvania.
“When it comes to either Hispanic, Latino or what we call other, sometimes it’s 60-something percent for the Republican,” he said. “These are things that we’ve never seen before. I’ve never seen Republican candidates getting 20% of the African American vote this close to an election. I certainly have never seen Hispanic, Latinos or other races trending Republican like I’m seeing in this particular year.”
Asian-American voters apparently turned against Democrats in the recall campaign against San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin. Some Republicans believe that reported discrimination against Asian Americans in academic admissions is one issue driving the shift of Asian-Americans to vote for GOP candidates.
Republican Rep. Mayra Flores of Texas won a special election in a congressional district President Joe Biden carried by 13 points in June. Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas told the Daily Wire Democrats were “privately panicking” about the loss of Hispanic voters to the GOP.
Robert Cahaly of Trafalgar noted that Republican Gov. Brian Kemp of Georgia and Republican Senate nominees Dr. Mehmet Oz of Pennsylvania and Herschel Walker of Georgia were performing well with black voters.
“The two states you mentioned are particularly interesting, with Walker doing 23% among black voters. Governor Kemp is doing 20,” he said. “What is really fascinating how well Oz is doing. We’ve got Oz in the 30s and the only one in the country breaking 20% with African American women.”
It continues a trend of tough news for Democrats as a red wave appears to be imminent.
The Pennsylvania Senate campaign is getting to the nitty gritty and Republicans have reason to be optimistic.
The Republican candidate, Dr. Mehmet Oz, who has been supported by former President Donald Trump, has taken the lead over his Democrat opponent John Fetterman, a recent polls showed, Breitbart news reported.
The Wick Insights poll published Wednesday shows that 49.1 percent of the 1013 likely voters sampled are backing Oz, while 44.6 percent support Fetterman. Another 3.4 percent plan to vote for someone else, and 2.9 percent are undecided. A Fox 29/Insider Advantage poll from earlier this week showed the pair tied after Oz made significant gains in polls in recent months, and the current survey shows he has momentum in the home stretch.
In the governor’s race, Shapiro leads Mastriano by 2.1 percentage points, at 48.5 percent and 46.4 percent, respectively. Just 1.8 percent of respondents plan to vote for another candidate, and 3.4 percent are undecided. The Fox 29/Insider Advantage poll had the republican 7 points back.